PALESTINE & ISRAEL
Alternative and Responsible Tours
We want alternative tourism to have a focus on humankind, with cultural and geographical dimensions, and to be, above all, about solidarity that is about being just and environmentally friendly. Meetings and visits with local people who are interested in human rights and justice are ways of supporting peace, bringing people together, supporting democracy and contributing to rebuilding a more just world. This trip gives you a better understanding of the complex issues that continue to divide this part of the world. In addition to learning about the region’s historical, archaeological dimensions, encounters with local people and organisations (NGOs, universities, centers for peace, both Palestinian and Israeli) will bring you closer to the experiences and everyday realities of the inhabitants of this land.
(8 Days 7 Nights)
Day 1: Welcome and transfer to the hotel in Bethlehem.
Day 2: Bethlehem – Jerusalem – Bethlehem
After breakfast, the day will be spent visiting Jerusalem, a city holy to three great monotheistic religions. This ancient city has experienced centuries of bloodshed, twenty times destroyed yet still standing. You will have the opportunity to visit important places in the Old City, the Temple Mount with the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa, the Holy Sepulchre, the Wailing Wall. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.
Crossing the checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem with the locals will make you better understand one of the most absurd situations in the country
Day 3: Bethlehem – Hebron – Bethlehem
After breakfast, you will spend time in the historical centre of Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity. Then you will tour the local refugee camp, Deheishe, and have an opportunity to meet local residents. Then, you will go to Hebron, the city built by the Canaanites around 4000 BC. you will be taken around the Old City, including a visit to the Tomb of the Patriarchs which contains the tombs of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their wives. You will then visit the famous ancient glass factories located in the Casbah of the city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.
Day 4: Bethlehem – Jericho – The Dead Sea
After breakfast, you will depart for a green oasis near the Dead Sea, Jericho, the lowest city in the world at 240 metres below sea level. From there you will go down to the canyon of Meeting with the AICWadi Qelt where you will come across the beautiful monastery of St. George which is set against the ochre cliffs of the mountain. After this you will visit the Qasr Hisham, north of the oasis, where the Umayyads built a palace with beautiful mosaic floors. You will also see the Mount of Quarantine which overlooks the oases. Then you will visit the Dead Sea and enjoy the unique experience of floating on it. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.
Day 5: Bethlehem – Jerusalem – Ramallah – Bethlehem
After breakfast, there is another opportunity to explore Jerusalem. From the Mount of
Olives you will enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the city. You will have the opportunity to better understand some of the city’s complex issues. Then, visit of the Alternative Information Center (AIC) which was established by Palestinian and Israeli as a binational organisation to promote the human rights and a just peace for Palestinians and Iasraeli, After this you will travel to the city of Ramallah, the place currently acting as the capital of the Palestinian Authority. From there you will make a short journey just outside the city to Bir Zeit University where you will meet students’ representatives. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.
Day 6: Jaffa – Haifa – Saint John of Acre
After breakfast, you will travel up the Mediterranean coast to the legendary city of Jaffa. From here you will travel to the port of Haifa and Mount Carmel where the prophet Elijah challenged the powers of the Earth and the priests of Baal. Following this you will visit the city of Acre, coveted since antiquity by the Syrians and the Persians. It was the Crusaders who made the city an important base for two centuries. Its high, fortified walls overlooking the sea are a feast for the eyes… You will visit the El Jazzar Mosque, the Caravanserai and the oriental Souk dating back to the 19th century. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Nazareth.
Day 7: Nazareth – Tiberias – The Syrian Golan
After breakfast, you will arrive at the majestic Lake of Tiberias. On the shores of the lake, you will visit several places and sites such as the small village of Tabgha, the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, the ruins of a synagogue dating back from the second century and the house of Peter. After this you travel to the village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights. In the Valley of the Tears, you will come across a completely unique situation: families who have been divided since the 1967 war living on either side of the cease-fire lines, separated by barbed wire and minefields and communicating to each other by megaphone. In the evening, a lecture will be given by a member of an association of human rights from Nazareth. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Nazareth.
Day 8 : Nazareth
After breakfast, visit of Nazareth and the basilica of the Annunciation. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for the return flight.
All our programmes are subject to modification at any time. Each programme may, upon request, be adapted to the wishes and needs of your association, movement, organisation, …